# Active maths

Part of maths each day is learning through activities or active maths. This can done in many ways.  We are currently learning number at the moment in Primary 1/2. Primary 2 are making a number line to hop along to help with their maths.  Primary 1 are making numbers 1 and 2 with Playdoh.  Then they were making one or two things to go with the number, some of these things were in the book Tiddler by Julia Donaldson.

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# Learning through play

Some of us have been wanting to work with letters and the alphabet so decided to make up the alphabet puzzle.  We didn’t want our photo taken though!  Katie, Nora and Lottie Mae all helped to make the jigsaw.

Others wanted to make their jigsaw a little trickier so decided to do it upside down so that they couldn’t see the picture.  They worked together to make sure the piece all fit together correctly.  Archie, Nora and Lauren all worked together as a team!

Others decided to make lovely patterns using the mosaics.  It must have a been a camera shy day as they too didn’t want their picture taken.  Maximus made these lovely patterns.

This also inspired Nora to make her own pattern.

Ollie decided he wanted to build a tower using the lego.

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# Maths in many different ways

We learn maths in different ways.  You can learn maths through games not just through writing out sums.  Here are some photos of us doing different things.  If we are writing one time, we will play games at another time.  We all take turns to do the same things.

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# Maths isn’t all about sums and writing

We are currently learning number in Primary 1/2 and we begin each maths lesson with some activities.  These can be games, paired work or problem solving.  It helps to get our brains thinking and most importantly it is fun!

Here are some pictures of us doing maths with either Miss Morrison or Mrs Inkster.

This is us doing some problem solving with cubes and trying to find different shapes and patterns for ten cubes to link to the number.

Here we are  ordering numbers to 10 and beyond with our partners.

And here we are doing a number activity with Miss Morrison.

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# Primary 1/2 Curriculum Overview

Here is our curriculum overview for this term.

# Gruffalo foraging and cooking

We had a week where we read about The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.  We read The Gruffalo’s Child too.  We also heard them in Shetland Dialect.  That was very interesting as there were some words we had never heard before!

After that we went out foraging for ingredients to make some Gruffalo recipes.  Here are photos of us doing that.  We had great fun and used great language and role play used in our cooking and searching.

# Crafty cutting

We do a craft activity for every sound in our phonics.  This activity always involves cutting as it helps us to improved our cutting skills and strengthens our hands.  It also helps us to focus and builds on listening for instructions.  Look at the concentration we put in.

We listened to the story called ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and then we followed it up with ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’

It got us thinking that we could be quite creative and make some ladybird stones while we were doing outdoor learning.  We had great fun, here are some pictures.  We learned about colours, symmetry, numbers, ladybirds, language and many other things.  All whilst having fun and working with friends.

# The Three Little Pigs

Some of us tried to make a house of straw for the three little pigs.

There were a lot of helping in different ways and teamwork was key.

Then we decided the wolf might be hungry and need something to eat, hopefully not one of the three little pigs!

So a group set to to make delicious soup that the wolf would like.  With a little bit of this and a little bit of that, the soup was made and the trap was set!

Other people in the class set to building different types of houses for the three little pigs.  These were made of branches or pallets of wood.

They thought if there were leaves on the branches, the wolf might think it was a home!

The wolf fell for the trap, climbed down the chimney and ended up in the pot so we were able to make wolf soup!  It was delicious!

Here are some architects, planning their next houses to build.  I think they decided on houses made of tyres!

# We’re going on a bear hunt

We went on a bear hunt and had lots of fun!  Before we went outside, we did the actions to go along with the story.  We also learned about different bears.  There were bears EVERYWHERE!

The bears were in the forest, in the tyres, hiding behind the fence, next to the drainpipes, some were even in the pond area!  We worked together to find as many bears as we could.

It was very tiring looking for all the bears and we still haven’t found them all!  When we go into the forest, sometimes there are still bears there.  We hear them roaring at us and have to hide.  We found a den while we were looking.

Some of us decided that maybe bears could live in a cave built of bricks or wood and decided to build some bear caves.  We had great fun and learned lots.